WSYo AUDITION INFORMATION
General audition information: The Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra is looking for young musicians ages 14-22 who play orchestral instruments: strings, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba and percussion. It is strongly encouraged that all audition candidates be taking private lessons. Saxophones may also be considered to cover missing parts in the orchestra.
Coming auditons: Daniel Wiley will be the new WSYO conductor in September. For those interested in joining the WSYO, current conductor Peter Wiebe will be holding auditions in June. Please email him if interested. Dates have not yet been set for the auditions. There will also be auditions for all returning and new WSYO members in September for Maestro Wiley, so that he can get to know the orchestral and plan seating.
Excerpts for the 2017-18 audition will be from are from Beethoven's 8th symphony, movements 1+2, and Three Dances from Nell Gwynn Suite by Edward German. At this time, exact excerpts have not yet been chosen. Once chosen, click on your instrument below to see the excerpts required from these two pieces.
A few notes on audition prep:
1) Students that get help from their private teachers do much better at auditions.
2) Students who listen repeatedly to the piece, with their music in front of them, do much better.
3) Use lots of bow/air and steady bowspeed/airspeed. Good posture helps with this!
4) Tuning is very important, and correct accidentals please!
5) If you can't play something up so speed, better to play 20% (or more) slower, but in a clean and organized fashion - no rushing, and good sound.
6) Make sure your rhythm is solid in the "easy passages" - and count rests and ties properly.